It was not all that long ago when Sony announced it would be the last to announce a next-gen console. Now, things may have changed as another anonymous source told VG247 the PlayStation 4 will launch before the Next Xbox. The tipster said the design goals of the PS4 were set "at least" two years and Sony is "confident" the system will ship before Microsoft's next console, with both scheduled for a holiday 2013 release. The tipster also said select partners (Ubisoft was mentioned specfically) have known about the PS4 and are working on software for the system. Parts of the PlayStation Vita hardware were redesigned in order to provide more interaction between it and the PS4. The source said the Vita's analog sticks and touchscreen can be used as a controller for the PS4, much like the Wii U and its tablet/controller.
More developers will be pulled into the PS4 circle by the end of this year, with some scheduled to meet this summer. The PlayStation 4 is expected to utilize AMD hardware instead of the Cell processor, which would mean the PS4 uses DirectX. If that is true, the development of PS4 games would essentially be the same as PC and Xbox games, which should make everyone happy. Sony and Microsoft are both expected to announce new consoles at E3 this year, even though earlier reports said otherwise. All of this is just rumor, so take from it what you will.